Oct 2 & 3 • Budapest

LEAD Network Conference 2024

Leading Sustainable Change

LEAD Network Conference: Leading Sustainable Change in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Oct 2 & 3, 2024

Budapest, Hungary

Get inspired by authentic stories, learn how to drive change in DEI, and celebrate achievements toward creating diverse and equitable workforces at the exclusive event in the European FMCG & Retail Sector.

Explore the LEAD Network Conference:

Why attend the LEAD Network Conference 2024?

01 Enhance Your Leadership

Become a more inclusive leader and team member and navigate uncertainty with confidence. Learn to balance work & life, sustain personal performance, and foster a growth mindset.

02 Strengthen Your Organisation

Engage middle management, build resilience, foster psychological safety, and leverage AI.

03 Drive Industry Change

Explore DEI trends, innovations, and gender equity through intersectionality.


Connect with 800+ passionate leaders

Connect with 800+ passionate leaders committed to leading sustainable change and be a part of the movement creating diverse & equitable workforces where everyone can thrive!

Meet the Speakers

Prepare to be immersed in an electrifying atmosphere, where thought leaders, industry experts, and visionaries converge to share their experiences.

Ana Sanchez

President EMEA, McCormick & Company

Angela Cretu

BOD Director, ex Global CEO AVON

Cécile Béliot


Ctirad Nedbálek

VP Human Resources 
Albert Czech Republic (part of Ahold Delhaize group)

Dr. Marcia Goddard

Founder, Contentment for Business

Elaine Bowers Coventry

President, Operations East Europe, The Coca-Cola Company

Ileana Alexandru

VP Human Resources, 
Mega Image Romania (part of Ahold Delhaize group)

Maria Pia De Caro

EVP Integrated Operations and Sustainability & Responsibility at Pernod Ricard

Noel Keeley

CEO, Musgrave

Sahil Tesfu

Chief Strategy Officer, Essity AB

What last year’s conference attendees are saying

“Thanks to LEAD Network for bringing together some of the most insightful voices for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the industry. My key takeaway from the conference: companies in the consumer products and retail sector are stepping up to create a fairer and more inclusive workplace. It’s on all of us to continue #TheInclusiveJourney: Speak up, walk the talk, push boundaries, lead by example, build a better (working) world!”

Petra Brand, EY

“It was exciting to be part of #LEADNetwork23 and witness Paolo Lanzarotti, Olena Neznal, Lidia Timkovskaya, and Radia Ahsan boldly calling out a transformation in the CPG and Retail industry’s leadership mindset.”

Viera Ternova, Asahi Europe International

“Great stories from inspirational leaders at #LEADNetwork23 in Dusseldorf! Proudly looking forward for a big adventure and great initiatives thanks to the collaboration between GXO and Lead Network, sharing a common mission of promoting gender equality and inclusion in GXO and make an impact! Together we will explore ideas and best practices transforming the way we advance inclusion in the workplace.”

Maria Elena Scolaro, GXO Logistics Inc.

Shaping Change, Inspiring Action

Engage in discussions, gain practical strategies, and ignite the inspiration that will fuel your journey towards sustainable DEI initiatives. Together, we will revel in the triumphs, honour the milestones, and enjoy a collective spirit of empowerment that will reverberate far beyond the conference walls.

Unleash the Power of 50+ Speakers

Gain insights from over 50 influential speakers offering knowledge and inspiration tailored for you.

Unlock Your Potential in 20+ Breakout Sessions

Elevate your expertise and network with sessions on Diversity & Inclusion, Industry Insights, Supply Chain, Retail, and Personal Development.

Harness the Power of Networking

Connect with like-minded professionals, expand your network, and forge impactful partnerships.

Exclusive Evening at the Fine Art Museum in Budapest

Enjoy an unforgettable night at this iconic venue and explore Budapest’s rich culture and stunning architecture.


All times in CEST • Please note: The agenda is subject to minor changes.

Wednesday, October 2

09:00 – 12:00

LEAD Network Committee & Community Meetings, CEO and CIO Roundtables (by invitation only)

Budapest Congress Center (BCC) Jagelló út 1-3, 1123 Budapest, Hungary

11:30 – 12:45

Official Delegates Opening Lunch

Budapest Congress Center (BCC) Jagelló út 1-3, 1123 Budapest, Hungary

13:00 – 15:00

Official Welcome & Plenary Session

15:00 – 15:45

Refreshment Break

16:00 – 17:00

Breakout Sessions: Round 1

17:00 – 17:45

Networking Apéro

17:45 – 19:30

Relax & Refresh

Bus transfer service available

19:30 – 22:30

Networking Celebration Dinner

Museum of Fine Arts, Dózsa György út 41. 1146 Budapest, Hungary

Thursday, October 3

08:00 – 08:50

Volunteer Recognition Breakfast

Budapest Congress Center (BCC) Jagelló út 1-3, 1123 Budapest, Hungary

09:00 – 10:00

Breakout Sessions: Round 2

Budapest Congress Center (BCC) Jagelló út 1-3, 1123 Budapest, Hungary

10:00 – 10:45

Refreshment Break

11:00 – 12:00

Breakout Sessions: Round 3

12:00 – 13:15

Lunch Break

13:30 – 15:15

Plenary Session & Official Farewell



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